Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Today is National Punch Day

Over 400 years ago in India. British East India Company sailors discovered the exotic concoction we now call PUNCH. It was made with five ingredients—spirits, lemon, sugar, water and tea. But today there are hundreds of recipes to try and infinite ways to make your own. Discover the spirits you need to make it great at your local Fine Wine & Good Spirits store.

Here’s one recipe that’s perfect for welcoming fall.

Spiced Apple Punch
Spiced Apple Punch
Serves 8 to 12

• 4½ c Vin Vault Merlot
• 1½ c Basil Hayden's Bourbon
• 3 oz Domaine de Canton Ginger Liqueur
• 1½ c apple cider
• 3 oz sage simple syrup*
• 12 oz blood orange soda, chilled
• 8 to 12 pieces candied ginger, for garnish

Combine the first five ingredients in a large pitcher. Chill until ready to serve. Just before serving, top with blood orange soda; stir gently. Serve in rocks glasses filled with ice and garnish with a piece of candied ginger.

*Sage simple syrup: In a small saucepan, combine ½ cup each, cane sugar and water, and 5-6 sage sprigs. Bring to a slow boil over medium-high heat, stirring until the sugar dissolves. Remove from heat, let steep for 10 minutes, strain and cool completely.

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